MOTOGP RACE – BRNO
MotoGP Czech Republic GP 2017 results and standings
Marc Marquez achieves a big blow for the resumption of the MotoGP 2017 championship: the official Honda wins his second consecutive victory in the Czech Republic thanks to a perfectly controlled motorcycle change strategy.
All MotoGP riders come to the start of the 2017 Czech Republic GP on wet tires on a track which is still very wet in places, but which tends to dry out. But this ability to dry up raises the question: how long will it take for Moravian asphalt to offer sufficient grip to enter the boxes to recover your second motorcycle on slick tires? The rain will it not invite itself again in the race, as in Moto2 ?
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At first, Jorge Lorenzo ignored these considerations and imposed his tempo on his spectacular Ducati equipped with a new fairing. The Mallorcan precedes a group made up of Valentino Rossi, Johann Zarco and Andrea Dovizioso, while Marc Marquez seems in difficulty with his soft rear rain tire, when his rivals are in medium …
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The defending champion slows down and loses several positions, as if a problem was affecting his motorcycle … The reality is quite different: Marc Marquez is in fact preparing his return to the pits in the second lap, aware of being too much in difficulty with grooved tires !
"I understood that the rain tires were the wrong decision," he says. "I got into the pits very, very early. It was difficult at the start because I slipped a lot with the slicks. I almost fell a few times, then I was able to accelerate and take the lead. are always very difficult, because delicate to gauge ", explains the Honda official, of whom one can wonder if he would not have voluntarily slowed down before returning to the boxes to conceal his project from his rivals ?
Still, whether voluntary or not, Marquez’s return to the pits took everyone by surprise: Lorenzo, Rossi, Zarco, Dovizioso and all the others remained on the track, discovering too late the change of motorcycle of n ° 93 ! Entangled in their poor strategy, Marquez’s rivals took too long to limit the defending champion, who made short work of it from the moment his slicks hit their proper operating range. !
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"We didn’t expect him to come home so quickly," explained Santi Hernandez of the official Honda team after the race. "But that’s part of his qualities: Marc has a talent for knowing when to enter the boxes. It was he alone who made his decision, which turned out to be the right one".
Alone in the lead with at one point up to 20 seconds ahead, Marc Marquez then had only to roll out to victory, his third of the season. Behind, Dani Pedrosa could never worry him, failing to return to the pits at the same time as his teammate. The n ° 26 can nevertheless be satisfied with his second place, and the HRC double offered to Honda.
Maverick Viñales completes the podium after having worked in a good way to recover, overtaking with authority drivers like Crutchlow, Petrucci or Aleix Espargaro, who receives a sanction from the race director for his responsibility in the fall of Andrea Iannone in the pit lane. The Aprilia rider was informed on the instrument panel that he had to downshift three positions.
3 place penalty for after his involvement in the pit lane incident with – puts him down to 9th
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Hervé Poncharal: "We were bad"
In terms of regrets, the Var team Tech3 collected in packs in Brno: the first concerns Jonas Folger, who had followed Marc Marquez on his return to the boxes to recover his M1 on slick tires. Problem, his technical team did not expect such an early return and his Yamaha was not ready !
"Folgas" was forced to leave and then come back a second time to change bikes, with the enormous loss of time that ensues! Mad with rage, the winner of the previous Grand Prix in Germany then whipped like a madman to finally finish 10th at 33.290 sec !
"We were bad: we weren’t ready when Jonas came home at the same time as Marquez", admits, annoyed, Hervé Poncharal. "However, it was the right decision… Jonas clearly lost the opportunity to get a podium, even a victory, because he had the necessary rhythm", rages the boss of Tech3.
"Regarding Johann (12th at the finish, Editor’s note), it is he who sinned: he should have returned a lap before, at the same time as Rossi. It is all the more unfortunate that it is ‘a Grand Prix supported by Monster with whom we are just in discussions ", underlines the Var leader, who has indeed entrusted us with being in negotiations to renew Monster as the title sponsor of his team…
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Loris Baz also looks like a bad day: the Frenchman fell 7 laps from the finish, a white result not really welcome for the Haut-Savoyard who is still uncertain for next season…
"It was drier than we thought", "Baz-ooka" analysis, "I would have liked to return to the pits at the same time as Marc, but I knew that my motorcycle on slick tires was not ready", he breathes.
Beautiful image finally on the podium: Marquez, Pedrosa and Viñales ignore the traditional champagne sprinkling, in tribute to their compatriot Angle Nieto,. An "Angel" passes by as the three Spaniards lift their faces to the sky in memory of the former driver with the "12 +1" world titles, second most successful man in Grand Prix behind Agostini…
The results of the MotoGP championship
Thanks to this 58th victory in all classes, signed on a circuit where he came to test this summer, Marc Marquez carries his advantage over Viñales from 5 to 14 points in the world championship. Andrea Dovizioso, 6th in Brno, keeps the third place in the provisional but sees his gap on the leader climb from 6 to 21 points.
got his 58th victory over all classes.
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Same loss of speed for Valentino Rossi, who is now 22 lengths behind Marc Marquez at the end of this 10th race finished 4th at 20.466 sec. Dani Pedrosa on the contrary does a good operation by reducing his delay on his direct opponents with his second place, which however means that he concedes five points to his teammate winner.
Johann Zarco also lost a few lengths in Brno: the Frenchman remained in 6th place provisionally, but his delay on the leader dropped to 88 pts. In addition, the n ° 5 sees his own box neighbor, Jonas Folger, come back on him, returned to 11 points (88 for Zarco, 77 for Folger) !
MotoGP Czech Republic Grand Prix 2017 Results
Provisional classification of the MotoGP championship 2017
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